Wednesday, May 21, 2014

SAB Recognizes B&F for Plastic Packaging Recycling

Location: 60 Lakeview Dr, Nederland, CO 80466
About 8% to 10% of our total oil supply goes into making plastic. Did you ever stop to think about the irony of the environmental and economic impacts of extracting oil to make plastic packaging that you use once and then throw in the trash? If you could convert all the plastic you throw away each year into petroleum, you could drive 60 miles on that fuel. So why is petroleum a precious resource and plastic packaging is not? 

It is important to spread the word when local businesses help our mountain community aspire to be more sustainable for many future generations. The Nederland Sustainability Advisory Board (SAB) would like to recognize the B&F grocery store for accepting an enormous variety of plastic packaging for recycling from its customers - more than any place in Boulder! 

Many people are aware that they can recycle light-colored and clear-colored plastic bags stamped with #2 and #4 recycling symbols at grocery stores. The B&F takes it further by accepting more "stretchy" plastics - a much bigger array of plastic packaging that you may not have known was recyclable! (see list below). The B&F contracts with a company that upcycles this diverse plastic mix into Trex® decking material (made of 95% recycled wood and plastic). 

Familiarize yourself with the list below. These plastics never degrade. If you throw them away, they just end up in a landfill, or pollute the environment, or endanger wildlife. Instead, you can bring all these plastics to the B&F, thereby reducing the demand of oil production, keeping our planet healthy, and doing the right thing for a sustainable future.

The B&F Plastic Recycling List:

Do the "STRETCH TEST": push your fingers into the plastic; if it stretches it is recyclable. If it tears like paper, it is not. Please recycle only clean, dry plastic bags and film. Remove receipts, stickers, or any other items from bags.

  •  newspaper bags
  •  bread bags 
  •  produce bags 
  •  Ziploc® storage bags
  •  toilet paper, napkin, and paper towel wraps 
  •  diaper wrap (packaging) 
  •  plastic cereal box liners (if it tears like paper do not include) 
  •  case wrap (e.g., around snacks, water bottles) 
  •  plastic shipping envelopes, bubble wrap, air pillows (deflate/remove labels if possible) 
  •  furniture wrap 
  •  electronic wrap 
  •  dry cleaning bags 
  •  Tyvek (no glue, labels, other material) 
  •  plastic retail bags (hard plastic and string handles removed) 
  •  black trash bags  (clean and dry)
  •  plastic grocery bags 
  •  All clean, dry bags labeled #2 or #4. 

SpacerDo NOT include the following.
The following are considered contaminants and could jeopardize recycling programs:

 plastic that tears like paper
NO plastic that does not stretch
NO frozen food bags (it is the wrong kind of plastic)
 prewashed salad bags (it is the wrong kind of plastic)
NO cheese wrap (it is the wrong kind of plastic)
NO degradable bags

NO film that has been painted or has excessive glue
 other bags or films

Thanks for your contribution to our planet, B&F!
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